ULTIMATE GLORY: Maryvale skipper Michael Bourke (pictured) wants to taste premiership glory again after winning a title in 2000.
ULTIMATE GLORY: Maryvale skipper Michael Bourke (pictured) wants to taste premiership glory again after winning a title in 2000. Gerard Walsh

Another bite of premiership pie

MARYVALE captain Michael Bourke played in his side's last premiership in 2000.

15 years on, Bourke admits he is as hungry as ever to hold the Condamine Cup again.

The road to ending the 15-year wait begins tomorrow when Maryvale - who finished second on the ladder - take on Colts, who finished on top of the table, in the Major Semi Final, with the winner to advance straight to the Final.

"It would be nice (to win another premiership)," Bourke said.

"I've had that taste of winning before and I'd love it again.

"But there are some other very strong sides to beat.

"All we can do is play as well as we can and see what happens."

Maryvale drew first blood by beating Colts last weekend but Bourke downplayed the win.

"It wasn't a major psychological boost," he said. "There wasn't anything at stake and it's a new week and a new game.

"They'll probably get a couple of players back and there will be a higher intensity this week - it will be a different game."

Colts have built their winning foundation on the back of strong starts with the bat, and Bourke said early wickets with the ball would be a key for his side.

"We often haven't got early wickets with the ball this season," Bourke said.

"But they've started well with the bat in almost every game so we can't let them get set early.

"We need early wickets to keep ourselves in with a chance.

"Mitch Darton returns to the side, so that will add a bit more strength to our bowling."

The match takes place at 10am at Slade Park tomorrow.



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